In 1772, George Washington purchased a house from Michael Robinson in Fredericksburg for his mother. Mary Ball Washington spent her last 17 years in this comfortable home. The white frame house sits on the corner of Charles and Lewis streets and was in walking distance to Kenmore, home of Mary's daughter Betty Washington Lewis. As was typical of the 18th century, Mary Washington had a "kitchen garden" where vegetables, greens and herbs were produced for the household. She also had a pleasure garden lined with boxwood in the style of the period. There was a boxwood path which led to Kenmore, where Mary's daughter, Betty, lived with her family. The Garden Club of Virginia undertook the restoration of Mary Washington's garden in 1967. Under the direction of Ralph E. Griswold, an 18th century- style garden was created. House admission includes garden. March 1-Oct. 31: Monday-Saturday, 11am-5pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. November 1-February 28: Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Closed January 1, Thanksgiving, December 24, 25, 31. Please allow 45 minutes for your visit.
Admission Fee: Adult $5 age 6-18 $2 Group rates available
Last Updated: 9/3/2013 2:55 PM